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Now with the addition of the Nomad to
the stable, I'm looking at pulling off all the touring stuff and making Black
Betty into a Sporty Street Rod...
New pictures to come...
Black Betty 1990 Kawasaki Vulcan VN750-A6
Welcome to the world of the Vulcan 750. This page is my little part of
About the Kawasaki VN750
This mid-sized cruiser offers the same low-slung riding position of its
bigger siblings, and with everything from a torquey V-twin engine to
chrome-encrusted bodywork, the stylish 750 is certainly an attention-getter.
Powered by a liquid-cooled, double overhead cam 749cc V-twin engine, the
Vulcan 750 is powerful and low-maintenance. Hydraulic valve lash adjusters ease
maintenance and liquid cooling increases overall engine durability. Plus, the
engine itself is rubber-mounted within the double-cradle, high-tensile steel
frame to reduce vibration at the handlebar and foot pegs.
A low-maintenance shaft drive transmits power from the five-speed
transmission to the beefy 15-inch rear wheel. Plus, the easy-shifting gearbox
features Kawasaki's exclusive Positive Neutral Finder, which allows for easy and
accurate shifting from first into neutral when stopped. Air-assisted rear shocks
with four clicks of rebound damping adjustment offer a smooth and controlled
ride, while dual front discs provide reliable stopping power. Full
instrumentation, including both coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauges, and a
center-stand are standard fare.
This was the first model Vulcan produced by Kawasaki back in 1985.
In the United States, it was introduced as a 699cc bike to beat
the tariff on all Japanese bikes over 750cc. In 1986, Kawasaki started to
produce the VN750 in Lincoln, Nebraska to beat the tariff by having a 750cc bike
that was made in the USA. The Vulcan VN750
was on the streets. The VN750's looks have changed little since
it was introduced over 20 years ago. The colors have changed with
the times and a few improvements have taken place, but to look at
the 2006 version and the 1985, the form and style have remained
the same. The great thing about motorcycling is making
your bike YOURS. I will never see a VN750 exactly like mine. I've
customized this bike with too many hard to get items.
Unfortunately, in 2006 Kawasaki made the decision to
discontinue this popular model. The Vulcan 750 had a production run
starting in 1985 (VN700 in the States and a VN750 everywhere else). The
VN750 had a 22 year run with the bike being virtually unchanged.
Let's see these modern cookie cutter motorcycles do the same...
About Black Betty
When Patty and I started dating in 1994, she
knew that I had a motorcycle M endorsement on my license and that I
rode. I had taken a few years off due to an accident and a few
bad choices in motorcycles and the people I rode with. But in
late 1995, Patty started to plant suggestions in my head that she
would like to ride and that we should start looking for a motorcycle
that we ride together.
I started my quest looking for a good clean
Kawasaki KZ750 model as the Kawasaki KZ440 that I a few years before
was a great bike and I could not afford a Harley Softail and didn't
want to deal with the horrible quality issues that I'd experienced
with HD models before. HD quality has come a long way since
then, but I was still raw after going the rounds with a cursed 883
Sportster, so I was looking for something Metric that was both
reasonably priced and reliable. All the KZ750's that I found
were a little over priced for the models age (1981-1988) but one
cold April day I stopped in a new independent shop in Huntley called
and was looking at the 1985 Kawasaki KZ750 that was on the floor.
I also looked at the Vulcan 750 model that they had but didn't think
that we could afford a Vulcan at the time. I brought Patty up
to the dealership and we sat on both bikes. She didn't like
the feel of the KZ750 because it didn't have a backrest but really
liked the extended backrest on the VN750. We started talking
price with Randy about the VN750 and were surprised with the deal.
Randy had it as a consignment from a guy in Elgin who purchased it
new from Steiers Kawasaki but just never got to ride it. It
had under 5k on the clock and came with an extended backrest and a
wind screen. Since Randy's was a new shop at the time and he
didn't know me from Adam, his insurance would not allow me to take
the bike out for a test ride but he took me for a ride on the back.
Even with our combined weight which must have exceed 400 pounds, the
bike flew. My only complaint was Randy's ponytail kept hitting
me in the face and getting in my mouth (YUCK). Patty and I
went home and talked it over and purchased the bike that same week.
I'm still impressed with the price and service we received from
Randy and his crew and recommend them still to this day.
Over the years, I've added modifications to the
bike and have become rather well known for the bike. It has
been a good bike and the memories that I've built with the bike are
priceless. With groups like VROC (I'm member #485), the Vulcan
750 groups (VN750
Windy City VROC we have always have had a sense of belonging and
good advice when a problem as come up.
Sadly these days, our VN750 sits covered in the
garage as I spend my rare free time on the Nomad but one of these
days when time and money are both in better supply, I will be
stripping off the touring accessories and turning the VN750 into an
around town street cruiser.
Taken while on a group ride for ABATE of Illinois ~ September 2005
Got spots??? 20 watt halogen lights really help at night.
Sirius radio on my bike.
Got Light??? Brake lights on. There are 5 brake lights
Got more light??? A total of seven brake lights are lit. One
running/brake light on each saddlebag, the main brake light with a LED on
either side of it, a brake light on the license plate frame and a 6-led
brake light hanging under the luggage rack.
The Signal Dynamic's 4-LED Amber Courtesy Light mounted on the saddlebag
under the brake/running light gives me the extra visibility when
turning. If someone hits me from behind, it is either because it was
intentional or the seeing eye dog fell asleep...
It might not look it from the picture, but the amber LED's on the
saddlebag are BRIGHT!!!